for a better online experience adjust windows playback Options

I get people reporting to me all the time at work because their headset or speakers aren’t working in Windows. Many end users have called it a “Technical” issue which it really isn’t.

More times than not this is a very simple fix which can be resolved by the end user themselves but most of them simply do not understand how to fix it themselves.

First thing to do is to open up the Playback devices in Windows

    • Go to Start ► Control Panel ► Sound ► Playback Tab and then adjust which one u wish to be the default.
    • Alternative Method: Bottom right of start bar ► Look for Speaker icon ► right click speaker icon and click playback options


    • Now once you are in the Playback Devices window select the device u want to set as your default playback device and click set default.


  • Now you can close that window by clicking Ok.

9 times out of 10 this will fix your playback issue. The only time this won’t fix it is if you have some sort of audio driver issue that needs to be sorted out further or if the playback device in question isn’t working properly.

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  1. jovan1984 3 years ago

    This here is one of the many reasons why I am leaving Windows desktops and laptops and going to MacOS instead. Windows 10 on desktop is worse than the often-criticized Windows 10 Mobile. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.

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      Matt Crawford 3 years ago

      Actually Windows 7 and 8 are just like this regarding the way playback options are set.

      Windows 10 isn’t as bad as everybody claims it is but users claim that Microsoft is spying on it’s end users with Windows 10 more so than it has in previous versions though there are ways to cut them off almost completely on that.

      • jovan1984 3 years ago

        Microsoft isn’t spying on us, contrary to what everyone is claiming. If they were, no one would be using a Windows Phone. About 10 million of us in the US uses a Windows Phone, or about 2.9%.

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